• Karen Seiger

Holiday Market Picks December 13 – 15, 2013: Meryienda Gluten Free Bake Shop


Meryienda Cookies: (Clockwise) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip,  Snickerdoodle, Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip, Maple Pecan, Oatmeal Pumpkin Spice


I do love gluten. In fact, if you’re unable or uninterested in eating it, I’ll have yours. However, I sympathize with people who cannot or don’t want to eat it. And so I am very excited to know about Meryienda Gluten Free Bake Shop! Baker Elvira Acosta loves cookies, but she cannot eat gluten at all. So she started making all the things she missed: cookies, bars and brownies.

And they are delicious! I was particularly excited about the peanut butter chocolate bar and the oatmeal pumpkin spice cookies. The snickerdoodle was a special treat too. I love how the sugar crystals crunched before I got to the soft cookie. Elvira’s Filipino-inspired bars are a sweet nod to her heritage. Meryienda means “snack” in Tagalog.  (**Please note that the Queens County Market is hosting a benefit for hurricane victims in the Philippines.)

Elvira makes all her products in a completely gluten-free environment. So you can rest assured that there is no cross-over. This is the kind of care and concern for details that you get from a company like Meryienda that was founded on a need and a passion. Actually two passions: baking and cookies!

Try all the Meryienda cookies and bars on Sunday at the BUST Craftacular. You can also find them every day at Pushcart Coffee and G Free NYC!

Weekend Holiday Markets

Saturday, December 14, 2013

  1. Yorkville Holiday Show and Exhibition, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 E. 88th Street, Manhattan

  2. The Calhoun School Craft Fair,  160 West 74th Street, Manhattan

  3. Fort Greene Holiday Market, Arts & Letters, 225 Adelphi St, Brooklyn

  4. Unique Goodness Bazaar, Ascension School, 220 West 108th Street, Manhattan

  5. Morbid Anatomy Holiday Fair, 543 Union Street, Brooklyn

  6. NYC Holiday Trunk Show to benefit Toys for Tots, 114 West 116th Street, Lower Level, Manhattan

  7. Om Grown Holiday Market, Bread & Yoga, 5000 Broadway at 212th Street, Manhattan

Saturday & Sunday, December 14 & 15, 2013

  1. Holiday Studio Sale at the Old Can Factory,  232 Third Street at 3rd Avenue (Call 347.526.9085 to buzz in), Brooklyn

  2. bestow: DENYC Design Collective Holiday Pop Up Benefiting NY Cares, 101 West 15th Street at 6th Avenue, Manhattan

  3. Tribeca Potters Holiday Show & Sale, 313 West 37th St, 4th Floor, Manhattan

  4. American Fine Crafts Show BKLYN, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

  5. Etsy New York Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, The Space, 50 N. 3rd St, Brooklyn

  6. Degenerate Craft Fair, The DCTV Firehouse, 87 Lafayette St, Manhattan

  7. Bust Magazine Holiday Craftacular and Food Fair, 125 West 18th Street, Manhattan

  8. Brooklyn French Holiday Artisan Market, Invisible Dog Art Gallery, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn

Sunday, December 15

  1. Ridgewood Artisan Holiday Market, Gottscheer Hall!, 657 Fairview Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens

  2. **Queens County Market Holiday Pop Up & Pie Fundraiser for the Philippines, SingleCut Beersmiths, 1933 37 Street, Astoria, Queens

  3. S & J Crafts & Things Holiday Fair, Knights of Columbus Council #126, 3051 Nostrand Avenue at Quentin Road, Brooklyn

  4. Sacred Object Holiday Bazaar, 97 Green Street, #3G, Brooklyn

Coming Soon

  1. December 17 – 23.  Jingle Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Chelsea Market, 9th and 15th Streets, Manhattan

Visit the 2013 Holiday Markets Guide for the ongoing Grand Markets of New York!


Meryienda’s Gluten Free Bars: Chunky Peanut Butter Bar, Filipino Inspired Cassava Bar, Brilliant Blondie


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